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If a large-scale disaster were to impact St. Lawrence County, the American Red Cross says a plan is in place, according to Jane Gendron, executive director for the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross. Designated shelters include schools and colleges. ‘The hurricanes offers us a chance to promote being prepared locally,’ Gendron said. ‘Winter is coming. ‘With snow and ice, power outages happen, she said, and being prepared for those situations takes planning. Gendron recommends people keep a supply of water and non-perishable food. The Red Cross website suggests keeping one gallon per person, per day with a three-day supply for evacuation and two week supply for staying at home. A three-day supply of food for evacuation and two week supply for home is also recommended.

Are you prepared for a large-scale disaster in St. Lawrence County?

56.6% -- Yes

43.4% -- No

Total Responses: 189

Here are your comments:

What kind of large scale disaster are you talking about? An ice storm of the magnitude the north country experienced almost two decades ago would be the extent of it. An occasional ice storm is nothing compared to the devastation a hurricane, earth quake or tornado can leave. We are lucky. But I wouldn't spend too much time or money preparing for a major disaster in this county, especially using our tax dollars... because it isn't going to happen!

Sept. 25 6:30 a.m.

Think there should have been a 3 dr. answer. As prepared as I can be… Yep winter is coming and hopefully it will not be a bad one. We can only pray, but has the Red Cross or any emergency unit thought about what is not the normal disaster? Like what would we do if a bad quake hit. Come you don’t remember the one that took in from Quebec City to Ohio from Maine to Maryland? No real damage here but many places in Washington D.C. were damaged to a point. What if one hit and took down many of the bridges around here? Has any one thought of how they would get to people to help them? What with downed trees, bridges that could or maybe would be better not use. Hospitals built for this area but not if a bad quake happened? What about if we were hit with a bad fire, we have lots of pine trees and if memory is right didn’t we have one around here in 1940’s? Many of us are use to the yearly type ones, but what of the not normal ones, that could hit because we do not have a guarantee they will not. What if something happened to the dam on the St. Lawrence? Has there ever been a drill to figure these out, or should we just go along that they will never happen till they do? Just think of the bridges around here, if something happened and they were not able to be used how would anyone get help. Or help people on the other side?? Its one thing to be prepared for the *normal* things, but what of the not normal?

Sept. 24 10:54 a.m.

We already have a disaster with Trump and the rest of the gop.

Sept. 24 8:32 a.m.

Some fire departments are prepared to assist their community 24/7 while others are too busy causing trouble with the neighboring department. But we will help that area out in their time of need. I guess some people are more interested in making fake accusations then helping the people.

Sept. 23 8:11 p.m.

I have enough to go thru one year.

Sept. 22 3:09 p.m.

I only have one heat source. I need an unpowered heat source.

Sept. 21 11:34 p.m.

Always prepared to stay in place.

Sept. 21 10:59 p.m.

I wouldn't depend on the Red Cross unless things have drastically changed since the 1998 ice storm. The local fire departments were the backbone of any help. The schools donated their food supplies to the shelters (mostly fire stations and schools); and people came together to help each other. The Red Cross never showed up to the small towns.

Sept. 20 11:29 p.m.

Always have a full pantry, tanks for the grill and heater, plus solar chargers.

Sept. 20 9:46 p.m.

Obviously it depends ont he disaster, but after the 98 Ice Storm we're much better prepped than before.

Sept. 20 6:42 a.m.

If I am, it's not because of the American Red Cross.

Sept. 19 9:22 p.m.

Doubt were going to get one, but most all of my current resources are off the grid enough anyways.

Sept. 19 8:31 p.m.

Yes, due to the Ice Storm.

Sept. 19 6:03 p.m.

I have enough food but not enough water!

Sept. 19 5:31 p.m.

Underground bunker is fully stocked for when North Korea hits us with a nuke or two!

Sept. 19 4:39 p.m.

Heck no! I'm not even prepared for tonight's dinner.

Sept. 19 2:33 p.m.

Woodstove, plenty dried and can goods including dry milk. Usually stocked up on waters, plan on getting generator for water, refrig. Plenty of batteries, oil lamps and battery lanterns, usually get things ready ahead of storm.

Sept. 19 1:39 p.m.

I don't see how that is anyone's business.

Sept. 19 1:17 p.m.

What the Red Cross is suggesting is a bit over the top, so I checked no, but seeing as we are North Country folk I know in times of distress and disaster we are tight knit, and will do all we can to help each other get by. ;) we have worked those before.

Sept. 19 11:46 a.m.

I'll just kill and eat my neighbors. It'll be fine.

Sept. 19 10:24 a.m.

We are better prepared now than we were in 1998 for the Ice Storm. But we are 20 years older, and we are concerned about the many elderly folks who may no longer be able to fend for themselves. (Witness what happened in Florida during Irma and Texas during Harvey.) What SLC needs is neighborhood mapping and a pre-evacuation plan for every vulnerable person in the county. That could be done with coordination among the various county and private agencies and leadership at the town and village level in all communities. Moving people safely during a disaster (especially a weather one) is always the trick. Have pre-evacuation plans saves lives and reduces duplication of effort.

Sept. 19 6:47 a.m.

The only forseeable large scale disaters that can affect the north country would be ice storms such as the 1912 and 1998 storms. such storms are nowhere near as destructive as a hurricane, hurricanes cannot come to the northcountry due to their power being based on warm ocian waters, they loose power rapidly after landfall, the northcountry is too far inland for such a storm to reach in full force. microbursts and tornados are possible but the damage is intense in small bursts, not a true large scale disaster. personally I have no concern over most any storms, I am already living off grid and without a motor vehicle, so I already have independance from the power grid and all my utilities are manual such that I can opperate them without outside support. without a vehicle I already tend to stock enough canned and dried goods to last the entire winter each fall since I have little to no means of getting more until I plant in the spring or hire a truck to pick up supplies. My water source has a hand operated pump. Personally I would relish another ice storm, as a large part of my income comes from selling firewood and from cleaning up trees for hire, a storm such as the 1998 storm just sounds like money to me.

Sept. 18 8:43 p.m.

If we should have a huge earthquake, no one can be prepared. Even shelters would be damaged or destroyed. No sense in worrying over what could happen though.

Sept. 18 8:41 p.m.

With so many cats wandering around, I don’t think lack of food will ever be an issue in any emergency. It's the other white meat. And, they are so easily lured. Everyone has string and old tin foil laying around.

Sept. 18 8:04 p.m.

We have food, fuels, firewood, and access to a good dug well.

Sept. 18 7:02 p.m.

The biggest disaster St. Lawrence could ever suffer is if the welfare office burned down.

Sept. 18 6:44 p.m.

January 2018 is the 20th anniversary of our last major ice storm.

Sept. 18 5:42 p.m.

Trump was already elected, so it would seem that we can survive an assault on Democracy and the Constitution for the time being, probably because his actions are frequently blocked by federal judges.

Sept. 18 5:07 p.m.

While I checked "yes" I might have to go to the store if it was a day or two until grocery shopping time. Hopefully, there would be some advance warning of the impending storm!

Sept. 18 5:06 p.m.

Always! We depend on ourselves, not the government like the dems.

Sept. 18 4:52 p.m.

Wood heat, hand pump well, deer in the woods, bags of rice and potatoes. We are good to go. If we loose electricity plenty of books. This is the Northcoutry if you’re not prepared, you’re not from here.

Sept. 18 3:45 p.m.

I will eat at a shelter for free.

Sept. 18 3:33 p.m.

LOL my familiy and I are prepared for everything from nuclear war to an EMP. Get some!

Sept. 18 1:31 p.m.

I have a wood stove and generator also some gas and water!

Sept. 18 1:20 p.m.

Don't forget firearms and ample ammunition! This will be used in a prolonged disaster to persuade the liberals not to try and steal from the people who made good choices to have these food and water supplies before the disaster strikes.

Sept. 18 11:52 a.m.

I am so prepared. What and when are you thinking it will happen? Perhaps when Trump really flips and pushes that little button? When that happens one will not need any supplies. We all will be dead!

Sept. 18 11:45 a.m.

Have a place to go, could live without power, have generator and gas lights at camp not far away.

Sept. 18 11:14 a.m.

Wood stove and lots of wood. Kerosene lamps in most rooms. Two generators with plenty of gas. Two freezers full of food along with a wall locker of full mason jars. That's my prep for every winter. I’d say I'm good.

Sept. 18 11:02 a.m.

Yes, and a good supply of ammo to keep looters away.

Sept. 18 10:57 a.m.

The ARC could take a lesson from the Amish.

Sept. 18 10:53 a.m.

Failure to plan is planning to fail.

Sept. 18 10:46 a.m.

Gernorator with lots of gas. Can our own food and always keep a good supply of water on hand.

Sept. 18 10:14 a.m.

I wasn't ready for the ice storm either. Also, I don't know how Potsdam school can be a shelter when they don't have a generator. How will they heat the school?

Sept. 18 9:53 a.m.

People need to accept personal responsibility!

Sept. 18 9:47 a.m.

Boy Scout motto "Be prepared."

Sept. 18 9:24 a.m.

Perhaps if the Red Cross has a plan in place, they could share it with the public now instead of waiting for a major disaster to hit the area. If we have no power, how would we find out what the plan is for the area in which we live.

Sept. 18 9:22 a.m.

Only need a generator. Heat may be a problem in the winter months; working on that.

Sept. 18 9:07 a.m.

I think so. But not sure.

Sept. 18 8:39 a.m.

I think I will do this though. I like the idea of proactive preparations. I think we all get too comfortable and think everything will always stay the same. Great topic. Great question. Great reminder. Thank you.

Sept. 18 8:34 a.m.

However a limited supply of gas would be needed.

Sept. 18 7:24 a.m.

You dice up the chicken, well you know, and you get some mayonaise and mix it all in there... well, you know and chop up some... you know, walnuts and maybe toss some raisins in there too... you know, chicken salad. Huh?

Sept. 18 7:11 a.m.